Massachusetts credit card surcharge bill repeals ban

Massachusetts joins other states that still have a credit card surcharge ban on the books, with a bill to repeal. Since the 2017 US Supreme Court ruling regarding the NY case that it regulates speech, every state with a surcharge has repealed, introduced a bill to repeal, has already lost a case in court, or is in the process thereof. This is especially good news for B2B companies.

Massachusetts Senate and House are both in agreement with the February 2021 bill and it is now in committee with status “arrived” as of April 13, 2021.

https://malegislature.gov/Bills/192/HD2907.Html

https://malegislature.gov/Committees/Detail/J17/192/Bills/asc/EntityNumber/?current=True&pageNumber=9

Colorado also has a bill pending. The U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas approved a part of plaintiff’s motion for summary judgment in an action concerning whether a state statute that bans credit card surcharges violates the First Amendment.

Many in the legal and credit card processing community support B2B merchants can surcharge in all states and that the regulations only apply to consumers. Numerous court cases have resulted in positive results for plaintiffs.

Does your company want to surcharge? Call Christine Speedy right now at 954-942-0483, 9-5 ET for a compliant solution. Please share your surcharge insights for others and ask any questions below. The information herein is based upon public information available at the time written and may change.

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